The Connecticut Flower and Garden Show, “Backyard Paradise”, was recently held in Hartford. It was the 33rd show organized by the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut which is an educational, charitable non-profit organization made up of 7,053 individual members and 151 local clubs. Its mission is to coordinate, stimulate and encourage higher standards in all aspects of Garden Club work and to protect and conserve our natural resources, preserve our heritage and promote civic beauty. Along with beautiful landscaped gardens, 300 booths and informational seminars, the highlight of the event was a Standard Flower Show which included floral design, horticulture exhibits, photograph display and educational exhibits.
The Long Hill Garden Club won many accolades. One of the club’s master designers, Evelyn Shapiro, won a Blue Ribbon in a category entitled, “The Fire Pit,” featuring a design that utilized weathered wood. Another of our master designers, Terry Stoleson, exhibited in a category entitled, “Birds in Flight.” Terry brought back another Blue Ribbon. In addition, Terry received the Designer’s Choice Award (which is a National Garden Club’s Top Award) and the Terry Stoleson Award — a top award named in her honor which is offered to the design that best represents the creativity, imagination and originality essential in Creative Design.